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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Chopperman, Mar 23, 2004.
I read that article and agree - what a beautiful motorcycle. My SO just bought a Breva and I must say the eye to detail is visable everywhere from the paint to the backlight color or the gauges. VERY nice.
I can understand the addiction! I lived in Italy for 3 1/2 years and longed to be old enough to move up from a Vespa to a Guzzi. If we hadn't had the Breva lowered so much - Im afraid I'd comandeer it regularly, hmmmm... maybe I need to get one for myself - you know an around town runner... yeah that's what I NEED to do.
The two things that jump out at me.....the 25A alternator and the piston clearance of .0025. Guzzi could have led the electric clothing and heated grip revolution! :):
Just like almost any bike, until the recent BMW and Honda flamethrower alternator developments.
the numbers on this aren't bad compared to some of todays cruisers, ie 1/4mi etc, sub 500lbs dry, almost 6" of clearance thats near what the new DL650 has, almost a dual sport! this as the test state was heavy metal, a 500LB is a middle weight at most. hmmmm, progress.....
waste of time story....
My meathead brother and friends used to go to the Guzzi shop (Budshadts by the old Aquarius on 170 Aurora, seattle) and see how low they could tip one of these over (in the showroom) , sometimes it took a couple of them to right it up, the owner wasnt too attentive, 35 or so yrs ago.
Cool shop, Guzzi, Ducati, Maico, Sachs from what I remember, smelled like a shop, not one of theNordstrom 'er H-D superstores out now.
L1gunman, what are those cords draped over the rear bags? Just bungee cords?
I have such a woodie for those old beasts. It's the lobed tank. It makes me all sweaty. I tried, in vain, to rescue one from a friend that had a love/hate relationship with one. He loved the bike, and swore to never part with it. But he hated taking care of it. I don't think a single gasket was keeping anything in anymore and the entire bike was black with filthy oil sludge. I suppose it saved him from ever changing the oil - he just topped it off as needed.
What's one go for these days?
i painted one of those a few months back.
i like the flow of the tank stripes.
Neat Eldorado rig here
I'm not remotely serious at this point - though I wish I were. When the time comes, and it will, I'll drive you nuts with questions. :):
What kind of "bird" is that on the Guzzi emblem?
59 species of eagles, 4 main groups.
At the motorcyle show, I saw the bird on the Guzzi and then glanced over at the Harley bikes and my curiosity started.
After a quick internet search, it seems that Guzzi is most likely golden eagle and Harley is the bald eagle.
Tidibit: In Greece the golden eagle will drop a turtle from the sky to break it's shell and have lunch.
...and Benjamin Franklin noted that fact about Bald Eagles and wanted to change the National bird to a Turkey Vulture!
I love the drink holder with the can of Rainier!! Can always tell when a picture was taken out west somewhere when you see a can of Rainier in the picture!
I distinctly remember riding my '72 Eldorado through a farmer's hay field, circa November 1980, up a grassy ridge and wheelying over the crest.
Throttle slides on twisty gravel roads were a no-brainer.
Those are great bikes.
Here's my $500 Ambo I picked up on my way home from AMA Vintage days.
Notice the rear bumper.Second owner, 24,000 miles, and I mentioned I paid $500.